Horizon Credit Union Employees Volunteer 1,000 Hours to Fight Hunger
More than 200 credit union employees roll up their sleeves to help 13 charities in three states.
Horizon Credit Union closed all locations at noon on Sept. 17 for its second annual Go. Give. Grow. Day, a company-wide community service event. Horizon employees ventured into the communities they serve to volunteer as a team at 13 local food banks and community centers in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Together, 244 Horizon Go-Givers contributed 1,000 hours to fight hunger. A $1,000 donation was also presented to each local non-profit to celebrate Go. Give. Grow Day.
“This is our second annual Go. Give. Grow. Event. We originally designed it as a one-time event to make a big impact, but it was so popular with our team and it aligned with our values so well, we decided to do it again,” said Horizon Credit Union CEO, Jeff Adams.
Each volunteer location was selected because the daily work they do in communities supports the three Horizon Credit Union pillars of corporate stewardship: health, hunger, and education.
“When it comes to giving back, we talk the talk—and we also walk the walk. Go. Give. Grow. backs that up because we’re getting out into the communities we serve and we’re forming relationships by getting involved and getting out where everyone is,” says VP of Marketing, Brian Grytdal.
The power of 1,000 hours
“Go. Give. Grow. is an opportunity for the entire employee body at Horizon to pay it forward and lean into helping others—the whole team did just that. These numbers show the difference a day of hard work can make,” says Jodie Olson, VP of Human Resources at Horizon Credit Union.
The entire Horizon team rolled up their sleeves to:
- Sort and pack over 35,000 pounds of food.
- Help 143 families get access to food and resources.
- Package 1,910 Bite 2 Go kits for kids to take home from school for food over the weekend.
- Prep 900 meals, including dinners and sack lunches.
- Build a gazebo and painted two restrooms and four food displays.
- Sort and organize 88 boxes of kitchen supplies and thousands of pieces of clothing.
- Prep Head Start classrooms and assisted teachers in class.
- Wash walls, delivery vans and trucks, shelves, bins and more.
- Raise $232 and 1,720 pounds of food at two local grocery stores.
One of the objectives for Go. Give. Grow. Day is that credit union employees will return to their locations and organizations to volunteer again, and bring friends and family with them. The volunteer effort was launched to build connections in the community and empower employees to get involved.
Team Horizon Volunteered at 13 Sites in Three States:
- Blessings Under the Bridge
- Colville Food Bank
- Community Services of Moses Lake
- Salvation Army Spokane
- Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest
- Serve Spokane
- Spokane Valley Partners
- The Greenhouse Community Center
- Bonner Community Food Bank
- Community Action Partnership
- Post Falls Food Bank
- Action, Inc. Butte
- Montana Food Bank Network
- Community Outreach at Horizon
“Go. Give. Grow. enables us to make a big impact in 13 locations all in one day, as a unified team,” said Kathleen Schilb, Community Relations Administrator.
Making a difference is not just a one-day event at Horizon. Volunteering and contributing to the community are integral parts of Horizon’s mission. Each employee is given up to 24 hours of paid volunteer time to use during work hours each year. Many employees also volunteer outside of work hours on their own time. Last year, Horizon employees volunteered 6,088 hours in the areas they serve across Washington, Idaho, and Montana.